Carmen the Camarasaurus Gets Her Wish

Carmen the Camarasaurus Gets Her Wish
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.04

     challenging words:    invent, camarasaurus, chunk, dishwater, gorgeous, gulp, haze, herbivore, leathery, lumbered, murky, mushy, oozing, pools, posts, slender
     content words:    Then Carmen

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Carmen the Camarasaurus Gets Her Wish
By Colleen Messina

1     Brian loved to invent things. His latest idea was a Dinocam. It was a camera that could magically see dinosaurs! He turned the dial to the Jurassic age. That was 155 million years ago. He pushed a red button. Brian peered into the thick lens. What he saw made him smile!
2     Brian saw a thick, tropical forest. Everything was green. Crystal dewdrops sparkled on the huge leaves. The drops were like shiny marbles. All the plants were gigantic!
3     A round egg sat in the oozing, black mud. It was the kind of mud that would make the most scrumptiously dark, chocolate mud pies!
4     Crack, crack! The egg opened. It was a camarasaurus baby. It was working hard to get out. Peck, Peck! At last, a huge piece of shell fell off.
5     "Mom?" Carmen said. She poked her head out of the egg. Her head was shaped like a box.
6     "Yes, dear," Ms.C. stood tall, but she bent down to see her newest baby.
7     "Help! I need to get out!" wailed Carmen.
8     "Push harder!" said her mother.
9     Carmen pushed more. She wiggled and jiggled. Large clumps of egg shell stuck to her body.
10     "Welcome, Carmen," said Ms. C.

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